• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Hermit Thrush

(Catharus guttatus)
Hermit Thrush
An Hermit Thrush at the Presidio Hills area near the Public Health Service Hospital.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Hermit Thrush eats insects, spiders, earthworms, and much fruit. It nests on the ground or in shrubs. It prefers moist habitats.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in willow, scrub, oak, and ornamental areas.

Frequency: This species is common at the Presidio in all seasons but the summer.

Identifying Characteristics: The Hermit Thrush has a prominently speckled breast and gray-brown back. It has complete whitish eye ring and a relatively long, slender beak.

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Did You Know?

Jerry Garica was a founding member of the Grateful Dead.

A young Jerry Garcia was stationed at the Presidio during his brief service in the U.S. Army. Over the course of his nine-month career, Garcia went AWOL eight times and received two court-martials.